The Outbreak of The War
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paragraph 5 in volume 1, chapter 2, The Establishment and Constitution of the Court

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The Permanent Court of International Justice held its last public sitting on 4 December 1939. It dealt with a request for interim measures of protection in the Electricity Company of Sofia case. That was an eerie moment of history. Poland, partitioned, lay prostrate after the Blitzkrieg. On the Western Front the three great European Powers of that period were locked in the grim struggle of the misnamed ‘phoney’ war. In Geneva, the three organs of the Lea…

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Outbreak of The War”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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